April 13, 2022 | Aiko Mauldin
In Kindergarten music, we use our whole body.
We start the year with voice exploration. We learn to use our voice in many different ways – speaking, shouting, whispering, singing. Then we add the special voice – the silent voice. We continue our voice expiration combined with musical elements. Loud, soft. High and low. Solo and ensemble. Fast and slow. While singing and playing the traditional musical circle games from many different cultures, we are learning how to use our voices in musical ways.
Watch Kindergarten students playing a singing game, Circle ‘Round the Zero below.
In the winter term, our focus shifts to include classroom instruments. The students learned to play the hand drums, egg shakers, rhythm sticks, boom whackers, and even tubanos. All our work involves the whole body – starting with the voice, our first instrument, and then ears for careful listening. Our hearts for feeling the beat. Keeping the steady beat with our hands on the instruments. How do we hold the instrument so that we can create the most beautiful sound? How do we listen and play at the same time? What sound goes with this song? We are constantly learning.
Now that spring is here, we are fully blossoming in music. We play instruments and dance. We use colorful scarves to show the forms and structures of a piece of music. We sing, dance, move, listen, understand, and create. We improvise while singing and keeping the beat of the song.
We can’t wait to share our learning with you! Stay tuned for the information on the Spring Concert to come in May!
At Mustard Seed School we use the Kodály Methodology for music education. If you’d like to read more about it, click here.